Book Review: Tolkien’s Towers

Today’s book review is on ‘The Two Towers’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the second book in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)

The Tow Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien // Review

Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin — alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go. -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Classics // Sci-Fi // Young Adult // Fiction

My Thoughts: The first half of the book I really enjoyed, but when I got to the second half I just got kind of bored and it felt like a drudge to read though. If you read my FOTR review, you’ll know that I particularly don’t care for Frodo, so I wasn’t looking forward to it. But all of a sudden I was reading the last few chapters and got back into it! The cliffhanger was great and I ended up liking it.

Writing Style: Tolkien is very descriptive in his writings, which I kinda zone out in, but the more you read it, the easier it’ll get.

Story Line: As the series progresses, we start to see more action and conflict. We also see how the decision making process changes for the characters as desperate times call for desperate measures.

Characters: Frodo was pretty much the only one I didn’t care for. Out of the newly introduced characters, my favorites were Eowyn and Faramir! ❤

Favorite Part: The battle of Helm’s Deep was my favorite part. Especially when Legolas and Gimli would fight and play their game at the same! XD

Cons: Other than it getting a little boring at times, I don’t think there were any cons.

My Rating: 4 Stars ****

Conclusion: I ended up enjoying this book and would recommend it to anyone who reads!

I hope you liked this review! Til next review darlings! ❤

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Life Hacks

Is it just me, or has everyone else seen how popular those videos about ‘life hacks’ have been getting? I have actually enjoyed watching them and thought that it would be a fun post to share with y’all. So here are some life hacks that I thought might be pretty cool/helpful for you (taken from 1000lifehacks.com)!

*DISCLAIMER: I don’t know if all of these really work, so use at your own risk!*

I hope you found some of these useful! If you tried any let me know! Later darlings! ❤

Makeup Review: Ipsy April Glam Bag

Today’s review is on Ipsy’s April Glam Bag: The Dreamers.

Glam Bag

I like the sort of tye-dye look they were going for with this bag. 🙂

 

1st PRODUCT // Nth Degree: Moroccan Argan Oil & Keratin Hair Serum

This stuff is AMAZING! It makes my hair super smooth, shiny, and smelling great! Definitely want to purchase more.

2nd PRODUCT // Tarte: LipSurgence lip creme in ‘Wonder’

This was the first product from Tarte that I’ve used and I was very pleased with it. The color was very pretty and the quality was great! Would purchase again.

3rd PRODUCT // Adesse New York: Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in ‘Irina’ 

Guys, this is literally the best nail polish I have ever tried! I LOVE IT!!!! The gel effect is amazing and makes it last longer, plus they sent me a great shade, too! It is so good, here is the link if you want to try it: Adesse NY Nail Polish

4th PRODUCT // Luxie Beauty: Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522

This brush is super soft and gets the job done right!

5th PRODUCT // Nomad Cosmetics: NOMAD x Marrakesh Intense Eyeshadow in ‘Desert Sands’

The quality was great and the color was very pretty!

Overall Rating: This bag definitely gets 10/10 stars! This bag of products is one of my favorites that I’ve received from Ipsy so far.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the review! If you want to check out Ipsy click here! Have an amazing day, darlings! ❤

Book Review: Tolkien’s Fellowship

Today’s book review is on ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the first book in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien // Review

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Classics // Fiction // Sci-Fi // Young Adult

My Thoughts: I am a HUGE LotR fan, so of course I loved this book! This was actually my 2nd time reading this (the last time I finished reading it was summer 2014). Since that summer, I have read The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin (also by Tolkien), and it gave me a better appreciation of the historical part of Middle-earth! The 1st time I read it, I was totally lost and I thought the backstory of some parts were a real dread to get through, but this time around, since I knew the history of it, I would react like this when a character/place was mentioned:

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Writing Style: I will admit that the writing style is kind of hard to get into at first (but it is a classic so *shrugs*). But the more you read it, the easier it gets. 🙂

Story Line: *If you really think about it, the whole world coming to an end all because of an evil eye wanting a piece of jewelry is really dumb, but shhh!*

Characters: Okay, I will have to do this with a list of some main characters

Frodo: I know pretty much everyone loves him, but not me. I thought it was just the movie Frodo that’s bad, but no, it’s also book Frodo who annoys me just as much. He complains way too much…

Samwise: He is definitely one of my favorites! His loyalty and stout heart makes him totally love-able! ❤

Gandalf: Just Gandalf…’nuff said.

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Aragorn: I love how he is usually level-headed and tends to think things through instead of making rash decisions (except in Moria, but shh!). Even though he’s a ranger, he still has the mind of a king.

Legolas & Gimli: Okay, Legolas is a total show-off and the best part is that he doesn’t even realize it! Even though Gimli is short-tempered (pun intended) I can totally see to why he feels the need to do so. It’s hilarious when he gets all workd up!!

Merry & Pippin: I love how Merry is always trying to be mature and serious, and then Pippin decides to come along. When they are together, it is the best thing ever! Pippin is definitely one of my favorites!

Boromir: I know he can be a big jerk like 98% of the time, but I have to cut him a little slack. I mean the ring can be pretty hard to resist for Men. But, I know that deep down, he really does care for his people. 🙂

Favorite Part: It’s pretty tough to choose, but I think my favorite part was when they were in Moria, and stuff happened down there…

Cons: I wish it had some more dialogue, because sometimes the narrating in some parts seemed like forever.

My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Conclusion: If you haven’t read Lord of the Rings yet, you NEED to! It is definitely a classic that will always be in my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Later, darlings! ❤